Diabetes Management

Take control of diabetes.

Education

The program provides diabetes education for Native American people with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes. Individual education is available upon request from the patient or referral from a physician. Group education is provided monthly through our Diabetes Talking Circle Support Group.

Individual Diabetes Education and counseling is available as well. The educator works with patients to provide education and assists them to better control their diabetes.

A Registered Dietician is available for individual and group nutrition therapy for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes as well as other health conditions that are related to diet (eating disorders, heart disease, hypertension, renal disease and obesity). You can schedule an appointment with the dietician by contacting him yourself or by referral from your physician.

A Certified Personal Trainer is available to assist patients in developing an exercise program.

Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DM PATH) workshops are held twice a year. DM PATH consists of a six week diabetes self-management program for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and caregivers.

Quarterly diabetes mailings are sent to people with diabetes every 3 months. Included in the mailing is a copy of the community health calendar, listing all diabetes programs and activities and a handout on various topics related to diabetes self management.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be or would like to schedule any education or counseling appointment please contact (906) 353-4521 for assistance.

Clinical

The Community Health program also coordinates a monthly Diabetes Foot Clinic. Patients coming into clinic receive a comprehensive foot exam and foot care including nail trimming. Patients that are at risk for developing foot complications are monitored and may be referred for custom inserts and diabetic shoes, when funding is available. Patients presenting with open wounds or severe complications are referred to their primary care physician for medical care.

Diabetes staff also dispense Glucose Meters. Staff provides instruction on proper use of the meter, target blood glucose range and when to check blood glucose. Patients should plan on a 20 minute visit when obtaining glucose meters. Once set up with the meter patients are able to obtain test strips, lancets, and lancet devices from the KBIC Pharmacy.

Call (906) 353-4521 if you would like to schedule an appointment for Diabetes Foot Clinic or need a glucose meter.

Immunizations

Recommended immunizations and TB skin tests are available for Native American adolescents and adults. Community Influenza Clinics are scheduled in the fall. Call (906) 353-4548 to schedule an appointment.

Infant/Child immunizations are provided during well baby exams with pediatrician and assessed during WIC Clinics.

Contact Information

Kathy Mayo, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator

906-353-4519

Mindy Lantz, RN, Public Health Nurse

906-353-4548

Jim Chapin, Community Health Nurse

906-353-4543

Dawn Kemppainen, Receptionist

906-353-4521

Dale Schmeisser, Registered Dietician

906-353-4522

Heather Wood, BS, Health Promotion/Exercise Specialist

906-353-4546